Dec 152007

You have to check this place out!  Rip started the restaurant this a couple of weeks ago and they specialized in unique burgers with cheese hanging out over the side!  It is awesome.  You will have the best service immaginable!  Rip is the man in charge.  The fries are out of this world!  I will be going back as much as possible. 

They are located in Covington across from the old Wal-Mart on the left side of Hwy 278  if you are traveling east on Hwy 278.  Simply look for the big yellow awning. 

Tell them Russ from Church at the Grove sent you and then invite them all to Church at the Grove!

Squeez Inn

 Posted by at 11:21 am
Dec 132007

2 Samuel 23:10 (ESV)
10 He rose and struck down the Philistines until his hand was weary, and his hand clung to the sword. And the Lord brought about a great victory that day, and the men returned after him only to strip the slain. (Emphasis mine)

I have to be absolutely honest that I have days where I feel weary.  To put it bluntly, there are times I feel like just quitting.  Why:

  • Because of unmet expectations.
  • Because of the simple exhaustion associated with starting and pastoring a church.
  • Because of the time away from my family at times.
  • Being spent emotionally from dealing with messy, relational, and common situations associated with people from an unchurched background.

As I was doing my morning Bible reading through the Old Testament, I came across chapter 23 of 2 Samuel where the list is given of David’s Mighty men.  As I was reading down the list, I came across the Mighty Man named Eleazar and it described him as one who stood against the Philistines although “the men of Israel withdrew.”  He fought alone and “struck down the Philistines until his hand was weary”.  The next phrase hit me between the eyes!  “and his hand clung to the sword.”  I am not sure of the writer’s intent in the next sentence, but I get the idea that because of his “intestinal fortitude” and willingness to stay put in the battle and not let go of his sword, the “Lord brought about a great victory that day.”

I want my hand to “cling” to the sword.  Although I feel like giving up at times, I will not.  I know that I would miss out on what God is going to do in the life of Church at the Grove.  We all must keep a firm grip upon our swords.  It is God’s battle and not ours.  He simply asks for faithfulness. 

What do you do as a church planter when you feel like quitting?

  • Return to the vision that God gave you from the beginning to impact your community, the world, and the people around you that are unchurched, unconvinced and disconnected from God.
  • Remember the faces of those original team members that gave you their commitment to join you in sharing the love of Jesus with people in the community.  They are counting on you and your leadership.
  • Be inspired by the champions of faith in scripture like Eleazar.  Spend time in God’s Word and allow God to inspire you.
  • Surround yourself with modern champions that can offer practical wisdom and encouragement when you need it.
  • Be reminded that your family comes first and they are watching you.
  • Be reminded of God’s goodness, God’s faithfulness, and God’s sovereignty over your situation.
  • Remember that your significance comes from God alone.  Your long term success is dependent upon how the people closest to you respect you over the long haul.  Will your spouse and children look to you as a spiritual role-model?  That is more important than reaching the world! 
  • Do the best you can with what you have and trust God with the rest.
  • “Cling” your hand to the sword!

 Posted by at 8:15 am
Dec 122007

This past Friday and Saturday Dec. 7 & 8 I had the opportunity to hang out with a bunch of guys in New Orleans that have either planted churches recently or in the planning stages of starting a church.  I had a blast with these guys that were all from Louisiana.  I didn’t even hold against them that LSU had jumped Georgia in the polls for the BCS championship game.  Georgia got shafted but it wasn’t their fault.  These guys love Jesus and want to take the message of Jesus to as many people as possible.  To Dr. Jack, Dr. Jeff, Toby, Craig, Tony, Clay and Joe; Thank you for welcoming me with open arms and I am praying for you guys as you reach people with Jesus in the Bayou state. 

We ate breakfast on Saturday morning at a famous restaurant in downtown New Orleans called Mothers.  It was awesome!   

Check out my pics with these guys:

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 Posted by at 6:31 pm